The state of Lower Saxony supports DigitalHubs in order to strengthen digital innovations in Lower Saxony as well as the performance of the economy and to master region-specific challenges. The aim is to expand knowledge transfer between the consortium partners of the DigitalHubs and the addressed target group. In this way, competencies are built up and the benefits of digital technologies are made tangible and transparent for innovation centers to initiate digital services.
Research and development or testing innovative application scenarios? The variety of projects related to FLYBOTS is great in Lower Saxony. Here you will find a selection of current projects.
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Funding and financing Lower Saxony
The state of Lower Saxony offers small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), entrepreneurs and start-ups in particular various opportunities for funding and financing through the investment and development bank of Lower Saxony - NBank. For this purpose, the state has set up a number of funding programs to support you in founding or succeeding a company as well as growth, investment or innovation projects in Lower Saxony.
Below we have put together some programs from Lower Saxony that might be of interest to you. Further funding programs can be found in the NBank's "Funding programs from A-Z Tool".
You are planning the use for new mobile applications in traffic or offer opportunities for information tools and would like to contribute to the expansion of the digital infrastructure? Then this funding is just right for you.
If you are a small or medium-sized enterprise (SME) and have questions regarding your financing strategy, suitable financing structures or the coordination of financing modules to be used, the financing consulting team is your right contact. For the preparation of your financing discussions, we advise you on the basis of your current economic situation on documents and concepts to be submitted.
As a company in Lower Saxony, you can make a contribution to improving the skilled labor situation. Employees from companies with a place of business in Lower Saxony and owners of companies in Lower Saxony with fewer than 50 employees can have expenses for qualifications (course and examination fees) and personnel expenses for participants in the measure (expenses for exemptions) refunded.
It is possible to guarantee financing through the Niedersächsische Bürgschaftsbank (NBB) if the borrower or the corresponding company cannot provide the financing bank with the required collateral.
If you as a company, legal entity under public law, university or non-university research institution want to carry out a pilot or demonstration project in the field of hydrogen economy, you can apply for a grant. The funding is intended to initiate the development and implementation of projects in the field of green hydrogen technologies.
If you carry out innovative projects in your company, we help you find funding and financing opportunities in Lower Saxony, the federal government and the EU. In addition, via our networks, it is possible to get to know other companies, research institutions and business promoters and to strengthen the transfer of knowledge.
Efficient innovation networks can improve the innovative strength and competitiveness of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in particular. By qualifying the networks, knowledge creation and knowledge and technology transfer should be strengthened and the intensive cooperation of the economy among each other and with the science should be expanded, thus supporting the regions on the basis of their respective regional strengths.
You would like to apply for European funding from Brussels? You are looking for international business partners or new technologies? You have questions about regional business conditions in different regions of Europe or about the European internal market? NBank will be happy to help you answer these and other questions. Through the Enterprise Europe Network, NBank has access to around 5,000 network colleagues in over 50 countries.
With this funding, the state of Lower Saxony and the NBank support start-ups and company successions, especially of micro start-ups in Lower Saxony. It secures existences and creates or maintains and secures permanent jobs and training positions. Sustainable start-ups from unemployment or inactivity are shown as a possible access to employment. At the same time, the low creditworthiness of micro-founders can be increased when it comes to borrowing from credit institutions.
If you are a small or medium-sized company that wants to overcome capital bottlenecks and make the most of growth opportunities now and for the future, providing equity capital through NBeteiligung can be the right support. With the help of NBeteiligung, you can exploit the growth potential of your company and generate employment.
NCapital is a regular matching event launched by NBank in 2006 with the aim of opening up additional financing opportunities for start-ups and small and medium-sized enterprises through equity capital. At the same time, NCapital offers investors access to interesting companies.
If you want to expand your market opportunities now and for the future as a company with an operating facility in Lower Saxony, as well as secure follow-up investments, you can be supported by equity capital. The aim here is to maintain innovation, growth potential and employment, as well as to enable MBO/MBI and succession planning.
If you are a young company in the seed phase and want to overcome capital bottlenecks and make the most of growth opportunities, providing equity capital through NSeed can be the right support. With the help of NSeed, you can exploit your company's growth potential and generate employment.
You would like to implement a climate protection project in your company? NBank offers comprehensive funding consulting and considers all funding opportunities from the state, the federal government, the European Union and foundations that may be relevant for your project.
NBank offers numerous funding and support options for companies with climate protection projects. The Future Sustainability Check is an advisory service that provides comprehensive support for companies in the (further) development of their sustainability activities.
If you are a small or medium-sized enterprise (SME) or freelancer and want to increase your export orientation, you can use leading international trade fairs abroad to expand your sales markets. With the help of NBank's trade fair support abroad, you can reduce the costs and risks of such trade fair participation to a reasonable level and thus compensate for disadvantages specific to the size of your company.
If you are a small or medium-sized enterprise (SME) or freelancer and want to increase your export orientation, you can use leading international trade fairs in Germany to expand your sales markets. With the help of the trade fair subsidy for joint stands, you can reduce the costs and risks of such trade fair participation and thus compensate for disadvantages specific to your company size.
Federal and EU funding
Below you will find a selection of potentially interesting funding programs and funding options from the federal government and the European Union for your innovative project idea/cooperation.
Further funding programs can be found in the federal, state and EU funding database of the BMWi. You can reach the Federal Funding Advisory Service "Research and Innovation" on 0800 26 23 008 or by email.
If you are an aircraft equipment manufacturer researching and developing technology for a better air transportation system, you may be eligible for a loan of up to 45 percent of your eligible costs under certain conditions.
The German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) supports the German aviation industry and its European partners through research and technology funding under the German government's aeronautics research program. The BMWi is expected to issue the announcement for funding research and development projects under the third call for the sixth national civil aviation research program of the Federal Government in spring 2022 (LuFo VI-3).
Digital technologies and know-how determine the competitiveness and future viability of companies in today's working and economic world. To enable SMEs to exploit the economic potential of digitization, the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) supports small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) with the "Digital Now - Investment Support for SMEs" program. The program offers financial grants and is designed to encourage companies to invest more in digital technologies as well as in the qualification of their employees.
The Framework Program for Research and Innovation (2014-2020) is the European Union's main instrument for promoting science, technological development and innovation. The aim is to close the gap between research and the market in order to strengthen European competitiveness. More than 200 companies and private institutions in Lower Saxony have already successfully participated. Around 75 billion euros are available in the current framework program.
In order for UAS to fully develop their potential for the mobility of the future, technological development is required above all, in addition to the creation and adaptation of the legal framework. In its 2020 "Action Plan for Unmanned Aerial Systems and Innovative Aviation Concepts", the German government therefore defined as a measure the continuation and medium-term expansion of research funding in the existing programs of the federal ministries with a view to UAS and air cabs and to supporting new applications. This funding directive is scheduled to expire on December 31, 2023.
Young, innovative companies are certified as eligible for INVEST as part of the application process. Private investors are supported who acquire business shares in young, innovative companies.
The Joint Technology Initiative "Clean Sky" supports research and development activities to accelerate innovations in the field of aviation and to bring them to market and launch them faster.
With the mFUND innovation initiative, the Federal Ministry of Transport, Innovation and Technology (BMDV) has been funding research and development projects related to digital data-based applications for the mobility of the future since 2016.
The mFUND supports the development of digital business ideas based on mobility, geospatial and weather data. These include, for example, new navigation services, innovative sharing platforms, intelligent travel planners or high-precision weather apps.
If you are a small or medium-sized enterprise (SME) and need professional support during your start-up or consolidation phase, you can receive pro rata reimbursement of the costs of management consulting through this program. The program "Promotion of Entrepreneurial Know-How" of the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) replaces the previous support programs "Founder Coaching Germany", "Turn-Around Consulting" and "Round Table".
Lightweight construction is one of the game-changer technologies that focus on increasing growth and competitiveness as well as ensuring climate protection and sustainability. With a funding volume of 300 million euros, the cross-industry transfer of knowledge and technology is being supported and lightweight construction is being further developed as a technology of the future.
On the E-Vergabe platform, you can search specifically for tenders that interest you and submit an application directly via the E-Vergabe portal. Via vergabe.Niedersachsen, you can search for tenders that are specifically advertised in Niedersachsen/for Niedersachsen companies.
Expand your business field through public contracts. The German Procurement Portal is your central marketplace for searching for tenders and participating in award procedures.
The portal "service.bund.de - Service Online" is the central access for companies and administrations to the electronic tenders of the federal, state and local administration and to the authorities and institutions of the federal administration on the Internet.